University of Leicester eBulletin

Enterprising Idea

March 2003
No 63

The University of Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning is launching a Business Ideas Competition, with prizes amounting to £1,500.

Those who feel inspired to enter will receive valuable feedback on their idea, as well as a chance to network and to learn how to start a business and launch a business idea.    

Category A of the competition is open to undergraduate students at the University of Leicester and students studying on a Certificate of Higher Education course or the BA Humanities Programme within the Institute of Lifelong Learning, either at Vaughan College or University of Leicester Northampton Centre. Category B is open to students within the Colleges – University of Leicester Network studying at Level 3.

Each category offers a first prize of £500 and second prize of £250.

The Business Ideas Competition aims to encourage students to consider setting up their own businesses, and to help them develop the expertise and confidence they will need to enter the world of business enterprise.

On completion of the registration form, entrants will receive a copy of the IDEAS-HOUSE.com workbook, which will offer valuable guidance on how to proceed. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 30, 2003, and those whose ideas have been shortlisted will be notified two weeks before the judging day at the end of May.

Judges will be looking for ideas that have been well-researched and thought-through.

More information on how to get a registration form and enter the competition is available from www.le.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/sec, by phoning Lyn Brown, 0116 252 5963 – and for those who do their best thinking in the pub these details can be found again on beer mats scattered throughout the student bars.

Anne Newman said: “We are very excited to launch the Business Ideas Competition 2003.  There is a lot of imaginative talent and potential business expertise among our students and we are delighted to be able to encourage this.”

The Business Ideas Competition 2003 is sponsored by IDEAS-HOUSE.com and supported by the Science Enterprise Challenge www.le.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/sec.   IDEAS-HOUSE.com is a project developed and delivered by the Centre for Enterprise with funding from the Department for Education and Skills. The competition is also supported by the East Midlands Science Enterprise Network.

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Further information is available from Lyn Brown, University of Leicester Department of Lifelong Learning, tel 0116 252 5963, email cmb16@le.ac.uk or Anne Newman, Enterprise Manager on 0116 252 5926

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